If you’re a huge movie buff, you’d know that the real Prince of Darkness isn’t Marilyn Manson but Christopher Lee. Famed for his role as Count Dracula in popular golden age Hollywood films, Christopher was most recently noted for his portrayal of badass wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And now, the 87-year old actor will be releasing a symphonic metal album. No, this is not another Tale From The Crypt.
Christopher will do vocals on the concept record which tells the story of King Charlemagne, the 1st Holy Roman Emperor, who reigned in the 8th and 9th century.
Now here’s where it gets strange. The legendary (and perhaps immortal) actor claims he is of direct lineage to Charlemagne and says he has decided to record the album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in his honour. In a YouTube posting, Christopher perked: “It’s fascinating for me that at this stage in my life, people are beginning to look upon me as a metal singer. When this comes out as a complete album, it’s going to be sensational.”
He continued, “There’s a lot of characters in this particular album. A lot. There’s Charlemagne himself of course, which I sing, and then there’s young Charlemagne, Charlemagne’s father, Charlemagne’s brother, … (even) the Pope.”
Musically, Italian composer Marco Sabiu will be providing the industrial orchestral for what promises to be an intriguing listen. Christopher is the highest grossing actor of all time. His other movies include Star Wars, The Man With The Golden Gun and The Wicker Man.
Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross vill suck your vlood on 15 March 2010.